this is "nightline." >> tonight, buy less, pay more? it's called affordable luxury, and it is big business. why more women are investing more money in fewer items. should you be doing this, too? >> i feel great. i feel powerful. plus, drug wars. in these streets, cocaine is an epidemic. and it could be coming to america's borders, fast. we're with police on a raid deep in the amazonian jungle. >> afraid we might be shot at. and music man. he's sold 100 million records and won 16 grammys. so, what's next for sting? and is it really true, he won't leave any of his money to his kids? we goes one-on-one with our
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but the gap is now closing, as more americans choose to buy fewer, but more expensive items of clothing. it's called affordable luxury. so, how do you pull this off? tonight, a professional closet makeover, and here's abc's paula faris. >> these are other purchases. everything is a fast purchase. you need it for that moment. >> reporter: channel is overwhelmed. not with work, rather, her wardrobe. she wants to clean out the clutter in her closet, replacing some of her forever 21 and h and m clothes with high quality staples. >> this is probably, like, $18. you know. this is forever 21. >> reporter: as the fashion goddess cocoa channel used to say, less is more. and these days, it's never been more true. chic, couture. it's not just fashionistas that are seeking high end fashion. consumers are, too, spending
more money on high quality clothes than ever before. >> when fast fashion first started, there was a movement of people just buying and consuming as much as they can. as people begin to see the quality suffer, the pendulum is swinging the other way now. >> reporter: americans are spending an average of $900 annually on high end clothcloth. and vesting into what the fashion industry calls accessible luxury. >> we sort of think of ourselves as in the accessible luxury price point, where you are buying something that feels more valuable than it is, but you're not hemorrhaging the cash. >> reporter: a new crop of designers like rebecca minkof are catering to those looking to upgrade their closecloset. >> $300 is a significant amount of money, but you are buying into something that is accessible luxury. >> reporter: making luxury items that once seemed out of reach more affordable, with less focus on couture and more emphasis on the every day woman. >> it doesn't have to break the bank. we focus on the cut and the fit
a little bit more than someone who is just churning out massive amounts of units. >> reporter: the editor of yahoo! fashion is one of the top celebrity stylists, dressing lady gaga and beyonce. >> in a way, that's really about investment pieces. spending a little bit more, but having a little bit less. >> reporter: when you are thinking about overhauling your wardrobe and really ininteresting into these slow fashion pieces what are we talking about? >> oh, wow. i think when you talk about investment people, a great jacket, a great coat, line the trench coat. you know, a great denim piece and a great fitting pair of jeans or jean jacket, a great blouse, a little black dress, black pumps. maybe a simple necklace. bull there are really core pieces. and a suit. >> reporter: he says these staple items will streamline your closet. >> people think they can throw open their close et, say, there's nothing to wear. they actually have too much. >> reporter: chanel knows this
problem too well. describe the feeling when you walk into your wardrobe. >> when i walk into my wardrobe, i feel anxiety. >> reporter: whether the purchase was made in a pinch. >> boom. this is a resort, you know, feel. i love this, actually. this is a quality forever 21. >> reporter: or out of impulse. chanel needs a closet makeover. >> this dress is a little old. you can see the fabric, i mean, it's cheap. i had to pin this, because it wasn't even fitting right. and there is like a little hole right there. and the belt is a thrift store belt. my goal is to have more quality pieces in my closet that match my lifestyle. >> hi! >> how are you? >> nice to meet you! >> reporter: joe z meets up with her at blooming dales. the mission? upgrade her closet with the
eight staple items every woman needs. first staple item, the black dress. >> you look great. >> thank you. >> reporter: how is this for an upgrade? >> what i love about this look is that it's very versatile. look at this. >> reporter: oh, pretty. >> doing her day job with the jacket on. now she can go to an event and this is really carrying you to anything, from a cocktail event to dinner, a date. >> reporter: next, fitted jeans, a blouse and a trench coat. >> when a woman asks me, what is the one thing i have to have in my closet. doesn't matter what you are, i always say a trench coat. because it's classic. >> reporter: now, the cashmere sweater. ready for the weekend. next item, the pencil skirt. and it is instantly a whole new outfit. all we did was add the skirt. >> feels professional. feels feminine but it feels strong. >> reporter: you look amazing. a big upgrade from chanel's aqua version. and finally, a suit. the trouser and blazer counts as
two staples. out of eight pieces of clothing, we were able to make eight completely different outfits, given chanel and entire wardrobe at just $225 an outfit. and for the trendy h and m clothes you can't let go, joe says, 70% of your wardrobe should be anchor pieces and the other 30% can be trendy. how do you stay trendy if you are investing all this money into these pieces that are supposed to last for five, ten years. >> i think the investment pieces will last forever. those are the things that never change. as long as i've been in fashion, two decades plus, it's all the little bits and pieces that change. if you have a little black dress you always loved, this is the season to put on a neon belt and next season, you wear heavy gold jewelry. >> reporter: did you say neon belt? >> neon belt. >> reporter: this year? >> this year. >> reporter: i'm not ready for that. for chanel, she's got the confidence to go with her new wardrobe. >> i think this is a very strong look. i think it's very classic. and i feel really beautiful.
>> reporter: for "nightline," i'm mraul farpaula faris in new. up next here on "nightline," we're right there on a raid in the depths of the amazon with cops on the hunt for ruthless drug gangs. what will they find? and later, abc's david muir going one-on-one with sting. is it really true that he won't going one-on-one with sting. is it really true that he won't leave his kids any of his money? and for many, it's a struggle to keep your a1c down. so imagine, what if there was a new class of medicine that works differently to lower blood sugar? imagine, loving your numbers. introducing once-daily invokana®. it's the first of a new kind of prescription medicine that's used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. invokana® is a once-daily pill that works around the clock to help lower a1c. here's how: the kidneys allow sugar to be absorbed back into the body. invokana® reduces the amount of sugar allowed back in, and
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cocaine. all part of a nearly $700 million business. and now those drugs could be headed to our streets. here's abc's marianna van zeller. >> reporter: high above the peruvian amazon, an elite police squad braces for battle. they're on a mission to stop the invasion of a ruthless enemy. drug cartels, hell bent on taking over this lawless jungle. all around us, vast fields of the raw ingredient for cocaine. a sign that the bad guys are close. on the ground, police fight the enemy with fire, destroying their hideouts and the labs where they manufacture drugs. it's just one bat until a raging war that could be spinning out of control. peru now produces more cocaine than any other country in the world. in part because cartels have
found cover in this remote territory that boarders brazil and colombia. >> it's very far away, but it impacts us. >> reporter: this is the u.s. drug enforcement agency's regional director in south america. >> there is a possibility that cocaine from this border area is coming to the united states. it's not significant amounts just yet. but it is being diversified. >> reporter: and she believes the very same cartels that have been a menace to the u.s. for decades are now expanding to this part of the amazon. >> and it does fuel their organization and makings it a much larger, maybe a much more dangerous organization because now it has international impacts. >> reporter: but the u.s. still drives demand by consuming more cocaine than any other country. that's why the dea has joined this fight in the jungle, called operation -- the brazilian
federal police leads the multinational task force. why here? why the amazon? >> reporter: coke that he believes is flooding the streets of brazil. usually in its most destructive form, crack. the stakes are high. so he's partnered with the peruvian national police, and invited us along for his latest mission. the troops have identified a network of fields in an isolated section of jungle. the advance team goes in by boat and we follow in a sea plane. our pilot was saying that he always puts his bullet proof
vest under his seat because these flyovers can be really dangerous. they know these guys have guns. this rugged region is a smuggler's paradise. he can't fly very low because he's afraid that we might be shot at. well join the two-mile hike deep into narco territory. you have to watch where you step, because there are scorpions, poisonous snakes, spiders. we are also on the lookout for armed guards and traps. we walked about 45 minutes to an hour to get here in thick, thick jungle. suddenly, it's just this clearing and all this that you see here is all coca. there are no signs of traffickers yet, so he commands his team to fan out. mean white, a brazilian forensics experts starts analyzing the coca. how do you track where the drugs are coming from? >> we take samples of the drug well produce here and then we compare with samples seized in big cities like rio.
>> reporter: his goal? to map the traffickers expanding drug supply routes. they don't find any narcos or coke labs. a major blow to the operation. but they do encounter a local grower, still tending his fields. he used to plant corn here, but he said that coca is much easier to plant. the police say they won't arrest this man, because they are in search of much bigger fish. out of leads, they return to base and begin the long task of analyzing evidence. meanwhile, we go out in search of our own answers and follow a tip that leads us across enemy lines. >> we found someone who works at the cocaine lab, he's agreed to speak to us. he doesn't want to be eidentif d identified, because they have very simple rules in the drug world. the kem cychemist explains that
in business with colombian traffickers. how much do you think is leaving here? the chemist says his labs have been targeted in police operations, but it does little to slow down his production. "you just build another one," he says. two days later, we're back with the police. there's promising new intelligence. they flew over this area here and they saw two active labs. within hours, we are back in the air, racing to the targeted area. police scour the area on their hunt for the enemy. and that's when they make a critical discovery. lab after lab, many more than they expected. they torch them all. in less than two square miles, they found labs like this one.
you see the lab is set more into the jungle so it can be hidden from above. but they don't find any people. even without an arrest, police consider the operation a success. just from this cocaine lab, they can process up to 35 kilos of cocaine on a weekly basis. they estimate that in this rate alone, they've taken nearly $1 million worth of drugs off of the market. but it's only a small victory in a much larger war. the troops on the ground still face an uphill battle with global consequences. for "nightline," i'm marianna van zeller in the amazon. and coming up here on "nightline," we all know that tune. "every breath you take." supposedly, the quintessential romantic pop song. why sting now say, we may have misunderstood it all along. sy, we may have
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if you've already sold 100 million records, what do you do next? tonight, as sting embarks on his latest adventure, we goes one-on-one with david muir, the anchor of "abc's world news tonight" in a revealing interview. >> reporter: 42ened street here in new york. we were invited. the music, already leading through the doors. ♪ the first look on the other side of that piano, sting, composing and now watching his very first musical. ♪
good to see you. ♪ how does it feel to you? >> pretty good to me. i'm not singing. >> reporter: but we all know that voice. ♪ every breath you take >> reporter: his early days with the police ♪ ♪ every move you make >> reporter: 100 million records sold. 16 grammys. about tonight, his musical, "the last ship." influenced by the town he grew up in. >> it's a universal message in what happens when we lose our work. we lose the reason that we get up every day and we build something. and those times, you can point to something, say, i made that. >> reporter: wisdom, first instilled by his parents. his mother, a hairdresser, his father, a milkman. and he would work every day of the week. >> he would world seven days a week. >> reporter: did that leave an impression only you? >> gave me a work ethic. >> reporter: many folks at home
would never know it was your mother that played broadway music in the house. >> i was educated bill y mom's record collection. >> reporter: was there a particular show you remember best? >> "carousel" is probably my favorite. followed by "oklahoma." ♪ oklahoma, o-k >> reporter: we asked about his wife or more than 20 years. you told me, when trudy walks in the room, your world lights up. >> she's my sign and my oxygen. >> reporter: "every breath you take." everyone thinks this is a great romantic song. >> i think it is a great romantic song. but it is also, on the other side, a dark song. there's enelemean element of surveillance in it. that's not entirely healthy. ♪ i'm be watching you >> reporter: we asked about that other headline. sting saying he would not leave his money to his children. is it true that you plan on leaving them none of your
material wealth? >> it's actually -- it's never been an issue with my kids. my kids have inherited my work ethic. they all work extremely hard. they want to earn their own money. >> reporter: i think that will strike a chord with the american people. >> yeah, it's a privilege to make your own money. and we need that. that generation needs that, too. >> reporter: a message for the next generation. one that's already listening to his music. for "nightline," i'm david muir in new york. >> all right, thanks to david muir and to sting. finally here, a quick personal note. when i posted this picture online today, it got quite a response. that's my blackberry. today, abc news management made me relinquish it. we are switching to smartphones with touch screens. most of the comments i received on twitter and instagram ran along the lines of, welcome to 2014. to which i say, whatever. you can deal with more typos in
my tweets. and by the way, check this out. it's my first ever blackberry, roughly from the year 1890. it looks like a beta max. they won't get this one from me. thank you for watching "nightline" tonight. "gma" first thing in the morning and we're online 24/7 at abcnews.com. good night. right here. with a control pad that can read your handwriting, a wide-screen multimedia center, all inside a newly redesigned cabin of unrivaled style and comfort. ♪ the all-new c-class. at the very touch point of performance and innovation.